Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill man who asked to see the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” early has died at the age of 32.
Fleetwood’s wife Ashley made the announcement on Facebook:
“Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero. Please hug uncle Marc for me and give Lucy lots of kisses. Rest in peace my love. This was the last selfie we ever took together.”
Fleetwood, a major Star Wars fan since childhood according to Entertainment Weekly, “had been diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a connective tissue cancer, and did not expect to live until The Force Awakens’ Dec. 18 release date.”
After a few news articles were published about Fleetwood, a social media campaign under the banner of #ForceForDaniel went viral and eventually reached director JJ Abrams who allowed for Fleetwood to see an unfinished cut of the film.
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Critics and film journalists are expecting “La La Land” to walk away with Best Picture and Best Director tomorrow night at the Academy Awards.
Since the film premiered in Venice last fall, the film has been praised left and right for it’s charm, visual extravagance, passionate music, emotional impact, and joyous energy in an anxiety-ridden post-Trump America.
Now, on the eve of the Oscars, the film has somehow been bastardized into some sort of a win for Trump’s America.
There’s always a backlash.
And it makes no sense.
“Moonlight”, a great film, is considered the movie that should win by many because of its powerful resonance in today’s times.
Although it’s a great thing for art to be analyzed, I feel the politicizing and tearing apart of nearly everything in our culture is getting out of hand.
If you didn’t like “La La Land”, no problem.
To each his or her own.
Taste is subjective.
However, the idea that La La Land is racist or sexist is totally absurd and stupid.
As someone who is to the left politically, I think this is indicative of the shallow, hyper-political correctness that has permeated American culture.
It’s gone too far.
The series of clickbait articles about whether or not it is racist that Ryan Gosling’s character, as a white male, wants to save jazz is unbelievably stupid.
Yes, jazz originated as a black art form in New Orleans, where I’m from, but white people like jazz, too.
And many of the greatest jazz musicians of all time were white, and made major contributions to this type of music.
Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Herbie Mann, Gerry Mulligan, just to name a few.
Gosling’s character is not a “white savior”.
He just has such an appreciation for traditional jazz, he wants to open up a club that honors it.
I won’t even engage the articles that claim Gosling “mansplains” too much or that Emma Stone’s character isn’t enough of a feminist, because it’s just not worth it.
This year has seen an improvement in regards to diversity in film.
Films nominated for Oscars this year include “Moonlight”, “Fences”, “Hidden Figures”, “Loving”.
All of these films deal somehow with race in America.
Other documentaries nominated are “O.J. Made in America”, “13th”, and “I am Not Your Negro”.
These docs also deal with race issues in America, and one of them will win best documentary on Oscar night.
So what if “La La Land” has two white leads?
As Jerry Seinfeld puts it when speaking out against political-correctness in comedy: “People think it’s the census or something…this has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America?”
The same can be applied to film.
Does every race and ethnicity need to be present in every film?
Does every ethnic box need to be checked off when telling a story?
Liberals needs to stop crying wolf.
Not everything is racist.
Not everything is sexist.
Political correctness is diluting the impact of the equality movement that currently needs to be more powerful and dignified than ever.
This is not to say that there is not a problem of diversity in Hollywood.
There is a well documented lack of minority directors and behind the scene staffers and that is a real systemic problem.
But while that is a problem, does that mean that we can’t enjoy anything until there is total parity?
“Moonlight” is a very good film, but should not be considered the better film simply because it is about identity politics.
This is “ideology trumping aesthetics”, as writer Bret Easton Ellis would call it.
This is the message of a movie, or what it portrays socio-politically, being held in higher regard than the actual craft of the filmmaking.
Just because a film has a good message or has political resonance doesn’t mean it’s a good film.
Luckily, “Moonlight” is also excellent, but that’s what it should be judged on.
Giving the Best Picture Oscar to “Moonlight” to spite Trumpism shouldn’t be the goal here.
If it does win, that’s great, and I’d be happy.
But the message that the win would send to America is a byproduct, not the primary reason it should be voted for.
This Oscars will be political.
Speech after speech will reference the Trump Presidency.
I reject Trump, didn’t vote for him, and agree with most liberal values.
But I also understand the disdain felt by working class Americans towards the liberal elite telling them what they should or shouldn’t believe.
There are issues and concerns related to jobs and trade that don’t effect many of those in Hollywood.
The fact of the matter is, none of the anti-Trump speeches given at the Oscars will have any effect.
None of it will make waves.
It is preaching to the choir.
Voters across the country make their political decisions based on the issues and concerns happening in their immediate environment.
What a celebrity says has no effect.
It is up to the left and political leaders to address those concerns, and change to course of this country.
Stop putting it on the movies.
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-The first weekly Miami Shores Farmers Market was deemed a success by the organizer.
-Over 1,000 people attended the four-hour event.
-Over 20 booths were filled with local vendors and businesses.
-The event organizer hopes to extend the hours of the market by three hours starting next week, although no official announcement has been made.
The Miami Shores Farmers Market opened Sunday to strong community support, a sign that the village may be able to maintain a successful weekly open-air market for the long haul.
According to Claire Tomlin, the organizer of the market, the event drew more than 1,000 people to Optimist Park (NE 94th Street & NE 2nd Avenue) in Miami Shores.
Tomlin runs The Market Company, a South Florida based organization that runs 15 markets across South Florida.
Tomlin has had her eye on Miami Shores for over a decade.
She said at one point in the mid 2000s, she approached the Miami Shores Village Council for approval to start a market on NE 2nd Ave, but was turned down.
But she said that the new Village Council has been much more welcoming towards her ambitions.
“The town manager and the council are aware that the Village has changed and that young families want a place to come together,” Tomlin said. “The reception has been phenomenal. It’s been such a successful day.”
Over 20 different vendors had booths set up around Optimist Park, including those selling fresh fruits, vegetables, hot foods, soaps, jams, plants and flowers.
The Miami Shores Farmers Market will run each Sunday at the Miami Shores Optimist Park (at the corner of NE 94th St and NE 2nd Ave).
While the market is officially set to be open between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Tomlin told RISE NEWS that she hopes to extend the hours to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM for next week.
She also said that there would be live music next week.
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Today we live in a world where we interact with each other through a great deal of different forms of technology including social media, blogs, photos, music, apps, and so on.
It’s gotten to a point where people can’t hold a conversation without the sudden urge to glance down on their devices.
Instead of living inside the social media vortex, you should try to be the best possible version of yourself without the approval of the “online world”
Now don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing moments, ideas, or interests amongst one another through new resources of technology.
Assuming this is done because it’s the easiest way to stay connected.
According to the Pew Research Center, 74% of Internet connected adults use social networking sites.
And 90% of “global millennial”- young people from around the globe aged 18 to 29 use social networking sites.
I am no different than any of the 3.010 billion active Internet users we have today. Whether I use it to touch base with relatives in Europe or parading my outfit from last Thursday, I use it.
“Instagram star” Essena O’Neill, 18, recently broke her silence on the social media overload “issue” and how it it’s affected her life.
According to The Guardian, O’Neill had over half a million followers on instagram, and was making money by promoting marketing products. She was promoting herself in a way to get validation. She deleted over 2,000 pictures and edited the captions to reveal the corruption behind social media, and how it took over her life.
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Which she also discussed on her website where she wants to start a movement on people not using social media as a reliance.
“We have forgotten what it feels like to connect, support each other and have integral conversations,” O’Neill wrote on her site. “All I’m saying is that the ‘instagram life’ is not real. There is so much more to the human race than gossip, rumours, and publicly twisting someone’s personal life.”
In other respects, many would argue that social media isn’t all that terrible. It’s been helpful in spreading messages and advertising businesses, news, and current events. It’s beneficial in many ways, like staying connected globally, finding job opportunities, reuniting with old flames, keeping up with politics, and being able to express yourself.
Our generation is brimming with creativity and new ideas. Shouldn’t there be a way for those ideas to get out and make rapid change?
Socializing outside a networked environment is so incredibly important. Social media has a tendency of blinding us from reality. There is a lot more to life then being so wrapped up in a world based on likes and followers. Why idealize people who are completely self-absorbed with strippers, fancy cars, and money?
I’d argue that you should idealize your history professors, favorite poets, and artists. Not only are online users portraying themselves to be something they are not for self-validation.
“Get away from behind the screen and go for a damn walk down a bridge you’ve never walked on before. Chat with the neighbor you’ve been living next too for the past two years who you’ve never uttered more than a few words to.”
Social media is everywhere you go. Restaurants like Chilis, Red Robin, and Olive Garden have installed tablets in their establishments.
At these places, your sever is pretty much a screen.
What’s going to happen in the near future to people working in the restaurant industry? We are already de-humanizing these businesses.
Chevrolet recently made a big announcement that made a splash in the car: “Chevrolet is the first and only car company to bring built-in 4G LTE WI-FI to cars, trucks and crossovers.”
I guess yes, it’s cool and useful to have while being in a long car ride, trying to kill time. But road trips are meant to be fun and spontaneous. The Internet and your social media accounts will always be there.
Why sit on your phone for hours during a car ride, when your family, significant other, or best friends are sitting two feet away? Be annoying, loud, and sing the songs we all hate.
Life is too beautiful and short to spend your time being focused by what you see on a tiny computerized screen. It isn’t reality, it is not living.
Instead of worrying about how many likes you get on a photo, worry about which dressing you should use on your salad or how you look when cuddling with your dog; instead talk to your friends about your dreams and fears.
Get away from behind the screen and go for a damn walk down a bridge you’ve never walked on before. Chat with the neighbor you’ve been living next too for the past two years who you’ve never uttered more than a few words to.
At the end of the day none of this is going to matter in the long run. With that being said, I have a new social network for you to explore. It’s called life.
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